Special Olympics Equestrian

Equipment

Gloves Helmet Padding Skates Stick

Rules

Six players from each team are allowed on the ice at one time. Teams consist of one center, two forwards, two defenders and a goaltender. Teams must play short-handed when a player is removed from the ice as result of a penalty. Penalties are similar to those in hockey, with the exception that body contact is forbidden. This is punished with two-minute and four-minute stays in the penalty box, depending on the severity of the infraction. Substitutions can occur at any place during the game. Players can not carry the ring over the blue line. It can only cross the line by being passed. The ring can not be passed over both blue lines. Only goaltenders are allowed in the crease. Possession changes if another player enters the crease or touches the ring within five seconds of passing through the crease. The goaltender can touch the ring while in the crease, but must use a stick while outside. The team in possession of the ring has 30 seconds to shoot on the goal. The team with the most goals at the end of the game is the winner.

Description

Ringette is a team sport similar to hockey, where players use wooden sticks and skates to advance a rubber ring up a sheet of ice with the intention of putting it in the opposing team's goal. Created by a physical education instructor in Canada, ringette is a primarily female sport played on a smooth ice surface. Gameplay consists of two teams of six players using sticks to advance a small ring towards the opposition's goal. The team with the most goals at the end of the game is the winner. Ringette differs from hockey in its female-only makeup and its lack of physical contact between players.

History

Ringette was created in 1963 in Ontario, Canada, as a skating game for women. In 1969 the Ontario Ringette Association was formed to serve as the sport's first governing body. The first ringette tournament was held in 1971, with the first international tournament occurring in 1990. Today ringette is played in nearly a dozen countries around the world, including Canada and the United States.